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Felix crashes heavily in opening Macau practice

MACAU GRAND PRIX 2011

Date: 17th November, 2011
Venue: Guia Circuit (China)
Weather: Rain

Felix did not get his Macau Grand Prix weekend off to the perfect start, after crashing into a queue of stationary cars on the approach to the ultra-tight Melco hairpin in opening practice on Thursday morning.

The incident came about as a result of the infamous Macau traffic, which triggered a situation where several drivers slowed down heavily at the end of the lap in order to give themselves a clear track for the following tour. With congestion on the exit of  Dona Maria Bend, Felix found himself taken by surprise by a long line of standstill cars and clipped the back of Marko Asmer, with heavy damage to his Mücke Motorsport machine signalling an early end to the session.

It is not yet clear whether Felix will be able to take part in this afternoon's qualifying session, as Mücke Motorsport faces a race against time to get the severed car back into shape. Race organisers have announced an extra drivers' briefing, set to take place at 14.15 local time today, where the issue of excessive slowing into the Melco hairpin will be brought up for discussion.   

In a very rare occurrence on the Asian peninsula, practice was hit by rain - making the already challenging Guia Circuit even more treacherous. It didn't take long before Hironobu Yasuda brought out the first red flag of the weekend, after several near-misses at Melco eventually saw the Japanese get it all wrong at the same place and plant his Three Bond Racing car into the barriers.

The session was topped by Marco Wittmann (Signature) on 2m31.984s, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), last-minute entry Yuhi Sekiguchi (Mücke Motorsport) and reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam). Felix only managed four laps before his accident and did not set a representative time.


QUOTE - FELIX:
“There really wasn't much I could do to avoid the crash - it's not easy when you come across ten or twelve stationary cars on the exit of a corner. It's a shame it happened, and the car was pretty heavily damaged. I have confidence in my team, however, and I can only hope they will be able to fix it before qualifying. The initial feeling was good - it's certainly interesting to drive in the rain here - and the little running I got did provide a positive feeling for the rest of the weekend.”

Next session: Qualifying 1 | 14.40


Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Best Time
1 Marco Wittmann 10  2m31.984s

2

Daniel Juncadella

10

2m33.792s

3 Yuhi Sekiguchi 2m34.035s

4

Roberto Merhi

9

2m34.191s

5

Lucas Foresti 

10

2m34.656s

29 Felix Rosenqvist 3m49.955s 









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